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Helena voters to decide on school safety levies amid rising concerns

Helena, Montana – When it gets warm, opening windows and doors is common, but it can pose safety risks in schools. Helena Public Schools is putting forward five levies for local voters to consider, with two aimed at enhancing security in both elementary and high schools.

The funding specifically targets measures to protect against school shootings, a threat that has grown significantly over the past decade, highlighting an urgent need for action. Most schools in Helena are about 70 years old, designed in an era when open doors and windows didn’t present the same risks they do today.

“Air conditioning was, it was seen as a luxury. That’s not the case. Things have changed” he continues, “It’s actually a necessity.”

Weltz mentioned that installing air conditioning is vital as it allows schools to keep doors and windows closed, thereby increasing safety.

“So to say that it’s not going to happen here, that’s irresponsible” says Welts, “We dream of a day that that is no longer, even a scenario, but I’m not going to, hope and wish problems away.”

The proposed levies would fund various upgrades including new window treatments, better locks, fire detection systems, and officers dedicated to student safety. For homeowners, if both safety-related levies are approved, the cost would be an additional $265.98 per year for a property valued at $300,000, though this amount varies with property value.

Voting ballots will be distributed on April 22nd and need to be returned by May 7th to the Lewis and Clark Elections Office.

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